Saison De Lente | The Bruery

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Saison De LenteSaison De Lente

Brewed by:
The Bruery
California, United States

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
Our Spring Saison is light blonde in color with a fresh hoppiness and a wild and rustic Brettanomyces character. Lighter in color and alcohol than our Saison Rue, yet equally complex in its own way.

The wild yeast in Saison de Lente will continue to dry it out over time, giving a slightly more mature character to vintage bottles. Perfect for warmer weather picnics and Spring celebrations.

Added by ClockworkOrange on 01-02-2009

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Photo of SebD
4.32/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: It has a nice hazy golden/yellow color to it. It has a nice off-white head that dies down moderately and leaves some lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of Belgian yeast, lemon, citrus, peppery spices and some grassiness.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has some lemon, a nice grassiness, a slight earthiness, light citrus, peppery spices, and Belgian yeast.

Mouthfeel: It has a medium carbonation with a very nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with great flavors and aromas.

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Photo of Chico1985
3.92/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Thanks to Kevin for splitting the 750ml.

Pour to an oversized wine glass yields a very hazy golden orange beer. White head turns to a thin cap and thick ring.

Scent has a sharp yeasty lemon twang, some farm, light brett, cracker-y malts.

Taste is on the simple side for a saison but it's very solid. Lots of yeast, hay, grassy hops. Brett is good, on the lighter side but brings its influence with lemon, grapefruit, citrus, and some funk. Well-rounded.

Good mouthfeel with high carbonation. No real alcohol presence. Crisp and pretty easy drinking.

Great balance here, authentic Belgian flavor with a good amount of brett and hops. Definitely one of the Bruery's better offerings I'd say. Might be interesting to age.

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Photo of brian60625
3.54/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle for $8.99, doled out in a few glasses. Aroma packs hops and pepper, lime and pine. Appearance is a dark yellow, no head, no lacing. Taste is douglas fir, rosemary, and white grapes. It was a strange combo, and it was all in a pretty light bodied package. Mild carbonation.

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Photo of Auraan
4.42/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a beautiful golden color with a one finger white head, gorgeous. Scents of brett funk, apricot, and slight barnyard aromas. Flavor begins with brett sour notes, moving into mild fruity citrus and apricot character with a mild hop bitterness present, the brett asserts it self more on the finish which is sour with an aftertaste of apricot, bitter hops and brett sourness. Mouthfeel is light, with low carbonation. A good saison, with far less of the brett character that has defined some saisons I have tried, but still a nice bit of sour character and a good depth of flavor that is crisp and refreshing. Recommended.

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Photo of thecheapies
4.11/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a honey-amber. Tulip glass gave me a rich white head. Serious about sticking and sticking around. Looks marvelous.

Dry and lightly spicy aroma. Peppery and a little funky. Very light and subtly fruity. Notes of cardamom and lemon pith.

A lot spicier than I could have imagined. White pepper, coriander, sage, straw, mushroom, and a tiny hint of pithy citrus. Decently bitter. Uber-refreshing. Malty honey flavor way in the background. Super dry. Grippingly so in the finish. Really, quite a showing of maltiness here. The beer sweetens a little as it warms; shows off some clove. Floral hops come out of the woodwork to greet the palate more and more. Intriguingly complex.

Spiny-tailed carbonation almost sanitizes the mouth. Tingling, like mouthwash. The body is pretty wet once you get past all of those tiny little bubbles. Refreshing as all hell. Pretty masterful.

A saison that others can call their superior. Well-crafted. Easy to enjoy. Easy to savor. Fun to dissect. Recommended. 4.25

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Photo of Thickfreakness
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a beautiful cloudy, lemon yellow into my Bruery tulip. Three fingers of fluffy white foam float atop the sunshine gold and slowly fades leaving chunks of sticky lacing all around the glass.

S- Lemon, white pepper, little touches of tangerine peel, clove, banana and yeast. It's got a subtle touch of funk and barnyard. Nicely crisp, fruity and dry. Fresh cut grass and much sweeter than I rememberin the nose.

T- Candied lemon peel, white and pink peppercorn, banana, old dry grass, compost, manure, and a sweet graininess. Notes of dry biscuits, clove. The Brett is somewhat faint and may need some time to develop. Sweeter than I remeber this Saison being.

M- Pretty flat, not much in the way of carbonation. A tad on the sweet side and less dry and puckering than most saisons.

O- A decent saison at best. Mouthfeel not what I would consider normal for the style. Lack of carbonation hurts this one. Alot less Brett funk at this time, but it may develop over time. Definately worth grabbing a bottle of and putting some age on it.

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Photo of Maxwell
4.31/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The beer pours a beautiful light fiery orange with a big, blank white head of tiny little creamy bubbles. The beer’s body is clean with a nice light haze and tons of tiny carbonation bubbles racing to refill the head. The beer leaves a thick fluffy lacing behind made up of tightly packed bubbles that look sheet cloud-like on the sides of the glass. On the nose, the beer smells sweet with a lovely herbal funk that moves from lemon bread to slight parsley and very faint citrusy cheese. The malt is light and very faintly hints at wheat and cereal grains on the nose. The yeast however, is the main player on this beer’s nose, and it smells fresh and sweetly funky. On the tongue, sweet and slightly funky with a nice back bitter and only the faintest touch of acidity. In flavor, the beer begins as sweet slightly funked malt, blooming into citrusy lemon bread with hay-like characteristics, slight green apple flavors and a great background of grassy bitters that balance out the sweeter elements of the beer and make it quite refreshing. The finish is of sweet yeasty grass, and washes down to leave a powerful aftershock of lemon citrus and a light brett funk which eventually fades to simple grassy bitters. This beer has a long finish, and some serious nuances of lovely simplistic saison. The more I sip the beer I get a slight parsley spice at the beginning of the sip that is quickly washed away by the carbonation. In the mouth, the beer feels quite fluffy in carbonation with only the slightest tingle assaulting the tongue. The beer feels medium light in body, and leaves the mouth slightly dry, but overall clean and refreshed. Overall, this is an awesome saison that is very in season with spring and Lente, and is very refreshing in the mouth. It has wonderful classic saison qualities while still existing slightly outside of traditional saison category. Try this beer for sure!

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.01/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a very cloudy medium golden apricot with significant amounts of white yeast sediment, some very light amounts of gentle carbonation, and orange highlights. The beer has a finger tall light beige head that slowly redues to a thin film covering the entire surface of the beer with a slightly thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed. Note that I had the final pour from the bottle so got the majority of the yeast.

S: Moderate aromas of pale malts, Belgian yeast, white pepper spices, and just a touch of barnyard funk - hay and grass. Additionally there are light amounts of lemon citrus.

T: Upfront there are moderate flavors of pale malts with some Belgian yeast and spiciness - white pepper stands out. Light amounts of hay and grass with some lemon citrus. Light amounts of bitterness in the finish which linger for a bit.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Light amounts of dryness.

O: This is a very enjoyable beer but the dryness in the mouthfeel would make it tough to have more than one of these. I enjoy the flavor combinations and would recommend this as a nice beer to try - went over pretty well with the extended family and not everyone is a huge beer person.

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Photo of micromaniac129
4.4/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Had this at the Blue Dog and it was most excellent. I would of had another but I was there for sampling other hard to find beers so maybe another time.
Has a cloudy and hazy honey orange color with a dense tall white head on top, quite pleasing to gaze upon. The head lasts, well pass the half way point and loosens as it shrinks. Fine sheets of lacing coat the glass.
Aroma has alot of complexity. It's tangy and sweet and spicy and has some maltiness. All interwoven with some brett funk.
Taste is most excellent as well with a deep depth of flavor and complexity too.
It's bitter and has a semi dry bite, it is tangy or sour like in the nose. Yeasty esters produce a sutle fruitness as well as other spices of some sort. Brett gives the beer your funkiness.
Feels thin on the palate and prickly from carbs drinks dry and semi-bitter and really very little aftertaste as you finish.
One of the best Beligums I;ve had to date.

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Photo of cvm4
4.17/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours golden straw in color with a bright white 2 finger head.

S - Barnyard (hay, straw, grass), white pepper and light belgian yeast notes.

T - Grassiness, lemon, pepper, some funkyness with a slightly bitter finish ending.

M - Crisp, refreshing & easy drinking.

O - Lovely & so good from the first sip.

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Photo of spoony
4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From a 750 ml bottle (dated December 19, 2012) into a globe glass.

A-A normal pour produces a tall, barely-off-white head that drops quickly into a thick cap of foam. The brew is mostly clear and bright hay colored.

S-I smell a lot of sharp grass, straw, and pepper. There is also a healthy dose of brett, but the brew is not overly funky or barnyard-smelling. Some fruity alcohol and banana-like saison yeast are also noticeable.

T-The taste is like a scaled back version of the smell, i.e., grass, straw, pepper, brett, some lemon, and some sweet saison yeast, but not as intense as you detect in the nose. There is a touch of hop spice, too. The flavors work and I could easily drink a lot of this on a nice spring day (like today).

M-The brew is clean, crisp, and relatively light in body, and it matches the style well. There is a fine, slightly prickly carbonation to help things out.

O-This was a pleasing, above-average saison. The flavors are on par for the style, although not amazing, and the mouthfeel is quite good. The flavor is bigger than the ABV would suggest, and I would happily drink more of this.

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Photo of garuda
4.06/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - Bright gold, thick fluffy white cap has good retention and lace.

S/T - Crisp, clean saison yeast funk, lemon peel, floral nose, grass, little bitterness, touch of earthy brett.

M - Light body, lively carbonation, smooth and fluffy across the palate, finishes bone dry.

O - Very nice, easy drinking, crisp, clean. A little more depth of flavor would be nice, but maybe I'm expecting too much after having the Rue.

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Photo of TriageStat
3.61/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a tulip. Hazy, golden straw color with three fingers worth of a vigorous head. Lacing hangs around for quite a bit. The smell is wonderfully inviting, with a very citrusy and floral nose upfront. Distinctive yeast smell from the Brett. If only it tasted as good as it smells. Kind of reminds me of flowers? I'll go with a flowery taste, finished off by a pleasant Brett bitterness. Taste improved as the beer warmed. It was thicker than I was expecting, not unpleasant though. Finished dry and clean.

A good beer, but probably not something that I would buy again. It's an easy drinking saison, something your BMC friends would enjoy.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.34/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

6.5% ABV confirmed. Seems a bit low for the style - or at least it doesn't correspond to the ABVs of great beers I've had in the style. Cost was $9.00 at Total Wine Redondo Beach. Label is a peculiar pink/lime. 750ml brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a Uinta pilsner glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. 2013 vintage. I'm pretty experienced with saisons and I've had my fair share of beers from The Bruery; expectations are fairly high.

Served straight from the fridge and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated. I let the yeast sediment remain in the glass as I poured per the label's instructions.

A: Pours a four finger head of white colour, smooth soft cream, good thickness, and good (~5 minute) retention - though the ABV is merely above average. Little lacing as the head slowly recedes. Body colour is a hazy translucent opaque yellow-orange. Fairly vibrant. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Appealing in a general sense, but it isn't ideal for the style. I'm excited to try it. There's nothing unique or special about it, though. I don't notice any overt flaws. Overall, it's an above average appearance.

Sm: Orange and lemon citrus fruit esters. Blood oranges. Pale malts. Light biscuit malt. Clove spice. Understated brettanomyces yeast. Lightly funky. I wouldn't dare call it sour. It's not very spicy for a saison. In a great example of the style, I look for peppery and milky notes; they aren't present here. Still, it's undeniably pleasant and inviting. No alcohol is detectable. I'm excited to try it.

T: Clove up front, with some nice lemon and light orange fruit esters. A bit zesty. It lacks spice, to its detriment. No peppery character or milky notes at all. Pale and biscuit malts comprise the foundation. It's pleasant to drink and enjoyable, but it lacks the complexity and subtlety necessary to really succeed in the style. You can't brew a saison as simple as this and expect to compete with Fantome or Dupont; you just can't. It's underwhelming in spite of how pleasant it is to drink. There's just not enough going on here. That said, it's well balanced. A bit grassy. Some light buried peach. Bretts are limited, to its detriment. Any hopping is minimal at best, and generic floral in character. I don't get any alcohol. It's nicely put together, yet wanting.

Mf: Coarseness and dryness aren't quite there; they missed the mark. Carbonation is quite good. Presence on the palate is good. Body is good. Slightly acidic. Not particularly creamy. Suits the flavours well in a general sense, but doesn't feel custom-tailored to them. A bit too thick for the lack of flavour depth and diversity. Slightly sharp.

Dr: Drinkable and pleasant, but far from exemplary. Priced high. Hides its merely above average ABV well. A decent saison from The Bruery, but by no means one I'd get again. Saisons require complexity and subtlety, and this does not bring much to the table. A decent effort, but it falls short. I'll be sticking with other better brewers of the style if I'm going to buy a saison I've had before. That said, it's certainly worth trying. I wouldn't bother aging it. Like it, don't love it.


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Photo of ThisWangsChung
2.99/5  rDev -26%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750ml bottle poured into a Duvel tulip.

A: Pours a moderately hazy copper color. The head is a two finger white shade that intensely forms bubbles as it's poured. It recedes fairly quick, and leaves spotty rings of lacing down the glass.

S: There's a nice funky barnyard tone, and a lesser inhale of both citrus and apple peel. The citrusy qualities almost seem hop-derived; always a good thing in my book. Aromatically, it's a little mild for my tastes, but nonetheless pleasant.

T: At first, citrus qualities hit the tongue are quite pleasant, before the funkiness starts to build up. The finish is a combination of citrusy/grassy hops, herbs, and barnyard flavors. I feel like the modicum of complexity it offers isn't quite enough to inspire further sips out of interest. Generally, the flavors here are extremely nondescript, to a fault - and even worse is a note on the back end which is distinctly mineral-esque to the point of being metallic. It's not bad, just insipid.

M: The feel starts off with a decent creaminess, before fading to a moderately dirty dryness on the finish and aftertaste. This dryness doesn't fully last; a syrupy linger coats the palate - one that inhibits drinkability. It seems like the wet, creamy feel exasperates the strength of the already high carbonation to me. On the positive side, it certainly feels lively.

O: This one isn't that great. I can see this one appealing to the masses - but the drinkability isn't fantastic, and it doesn't feature the requisite depth to make it interesting, either. At least this is one of The Bruery's cheapest $10/750ml. I've certainly had far more interesting 4/6 packs at the same price (and even far more interesting saisons, for that matter...can you say Tank 7?)

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Photo of MRsojourner
3.78/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

dark golden color with a two inch head with tiny bubbles that sticks around for a while
straight out the gate you get a nice leather earthy dirt smell followed by a small amount of hops.
the taste is like a tart peach with a bit a bitterness and very earthy but not piney hops.
this saison is super dry and leaves your palate feeling that way.
overall I wish I let this age out for a few more months to see the brett really come through. its really nice and fairly clean but I was just hoping it would be a bit more dirty

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Photo of Chaney
4.4/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Yep, I took the plunge and popped this WAY before lent. So sue me....

Served in an oversized DFH Alehouse snifter.

A: Poured a ridiculously cloudy, apricot color, with a massive, 2 finger white head that had tremendous staying power.

S: Awesome scent (yet understated) of citrus, Flintstone Vitamins, and with a nice hop bill. Inviting!

T: I definitely got the Brett contribution. It really rounded out corners of the brew, decreasing it's sugar content, and giving this a different breed of funk. Still, this was tangy enough.

M: Spritzy as hell, lots of lacing, and no booze detected. Nice sweet fruit notes on the back end.

O: I love saisons designed to be aged. I'll grab more of these, including at least one for Easter.

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Photo of jtierney89
3.65/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Really funky and musty. Thin body with light effervescence. Funky sour belgian flavors on the tip of the tongue roll into farmhouse like flavors with a musty vinous quality. Like a sour sauvignon blanc. Lots of acidity and a surprising amount of bitterness on the back end with a raw underlying hop flavor. The drying hop bitterness and acidic quality create a really unique savory and long finish. Really different. I like it. Bitterness really helps this beer differentiate from others.

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Photo of Philousa
3.35/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Imbibed at Harry's Hofbrau San Jose for their Bruery tap takeover 2/12/13

Pours a murky yellow with a frothy white head. Lots of lemon and tart citrus up front in the nose accompanied by gentle allspice and clove. A swirl brings out the light pilsner malt base. Flavor is grounded in the slightly tart and metallic Belgian pilsner. Lemon and dull allspice follow with a really mild but noticeable floral hop bitterness. The feel is slightly viscous with a very dry finish. This is a great saison, but I think I prefer Saison Rue.

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Photo of danedelman
4.31/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Maudite tulip glass and the head rose a ton!!

A-amber with huge huge huge 6 finger head. And it kept getting bigger!! Cloudy appearance too.

S-lemon tartness with dry light malt characteristics.

T-dry tartness almost grapefruit/lemon is the jist of it. Very dry to finish this near perfect Saison. Has a nice hoppiness too that may be from the yeast, I'm just not sure. Very clean. I could see aging this for a few years to get an awesome flavor from the Brett.

O- for the $10 price well worth it and just a great Saison!!

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Photo of falloutsnow
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From: Binny's, Schaumburg, IL
Date: None, Spring 2012 bottle
Glass: New Belgium globe glass

Pours a towering head of many centimeters which is predominantly made up of medium and large-sized bubbles. The head is loosely structured as a result, looking like an interesting mess of precarious stacked bubbles. Retention is above average, lasting several minutes in a general collapse to a thin cap atop the body of the beer. Lacing left is moderate, with waves, streaks, and splotches Body is a copper orange color, with light bringing out brighter orange hues. Beer is rather hazy, but carbonation remains visible rising from the center and sides of the glass.

Aroma is light and spritzy, with citrus notes (lemon zest, orange zest), semi-sweet malts, hints of cereal, and Brettanomyces (mild moldy hay, burnt plastic/electrical wires). The idea of a light saison for spring works very well here and the scents come together quite nicely.

Front of palate is sweet with mild citrus, honey, and Brettanomyces (wet hay, burnt electrical wires). Mid-palate is of Brettanomyces (mild moldy hay, burnt plastic/electrical wires), slight acetone, sweet pale malts, and a touch of citrus. Back of palate finds mild hop bitterness with Brettanomyces and some light, slightly sweet malt characters. Aftertaste is primarily bitter, with hints of Brettanomyces influences.

Beer is medium-light to light in body with high levels of carbonation, resulting in a rather foamy, bubbly mouthfeel that is not particularly crisp (like champagne), but softer and easily enjoyed across the palate. Finishes rather dry, with very light to negligible stickiness lingering across the palate.

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Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very large head filled the whole glass then subsequently three fingers of frothiness. Excellent lacing. Golden with orange hue hazy body. Aroma of yeast, generic citrus, mostly orange peel, and herbs mostly clove. Flavors are very Belgian with excellent balance between yeast mustiness and citrus tart and sweetness. Some corriander and additional herbs. Medium body and fairly light carbonation for the style and how the head looked. Dry finish. A very nice representation of he style and very drinkable

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Photo of draheim
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL into a Hennepin glass. Pours a hazy straw color w/ a big fluffy, rocky head that leaves behind big clumps of lace. Some people don't like overcarbonated beers, but I'm not one of them. A beautiful beer.

Aroma is spicy, fruity and earthy with notes of banana and clove.

Taste has a nice citrusy twang, along with spice and pear/apple. There's a slightly metallic note that keeps me from giving this a 4.5, but it's not overly distracting.

Mouthfeel is clean and semi-dry, drinkable. Carbonation gives just the right amount of liveliness.

Overall another great beer from The Bruery. May lack some of the depth of the truly world-class saisons, but a welcome choice anyday nonetheless.

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Photo of harrymel
3.42/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled: unk (guessing 2012, though could be 2011 based on where I found it)

Pours a hazed peach with three fingers of relatively persistent bone white foam. This eventually falls to a central dome and the smells include Co2, lemon zest, peppercorn, hints of yeast and clay, overall a nice clean smell. Flavor is a bit overkill with the brett for me with a slightly chaulky note, then there is the soil and some metallic notes. I like the slightly sweet accent the yeast and grain seem to imbibe and the bitterness that comes along as well, but overall not a huge fan of the flavor. Pretty full bodied with light carb and a semi dry finish. Decent beer, not gonna buy it again though.

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Photo of match1112
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Received this in a trade from ehammond1 and all I can say id WOWZAH! This just might be my new favorite Saison.

A: Hazy straw yellow body with a gigantic four finger head, even on the second glass I poured very slowly this thing turned to big billowy white head. I spent more time waiting for the head to settle than I did drinking the beer because it was that tasty.

S: Very Belgian with hints of fruit, yeast and a good amount of hops for a 2011 bottle.

T: Fruity and floral with some pepper spice gives this a earthy flavor.

M: Dry and spicy, not a burning spice but one that livens up the taste buds.

O: Holy cow do I enjoy this beer! I guess my only complaint would be that I had to wait five minutes for the head to settle so I could start drinkin.

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Saison De Lente from The Bruery
4.04 out of 5 based on 1,229 ratings.
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